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An artisanal plea from a fed-up foodie

When you find me behind bars, locked up for a fit of lexical rage, please know that it was granola that pushed me over the edge. Not just any granola: "artisan granola." Presumably its makers meant artisanal granola, made in limited quantities using traditional methods, rather than crunchy-buttery-nutty...

Neophobia 101: When picky eaters confound Ethicureanish intentions

My four-year old ate a vegetable frittata the other day. Mind you, this hardly ranks among the most staggering of childhood achievements. It's not exactly up there with the 2-year-old who gained admission to Mensa, or the kid who paints like Rembrandt, or the 13-year old best-selling author. But in our...

All work = delicious play

There is a reason the word eat is in sweat. Coming off of a weekend of non-stop planting, weeding, irrigating, harvesting, and storing, I finally reached one of those exhausting peaks where I asked myself, "Why do I do this?" And then I looked up at my equally sweaty and exasperated husband and voiced what...

Preserving the seasons through fermentation

The new culture of culturing: One of the hot topics in the Bay Area food community is fermentation — using friendly bacteria to turn fruits and vegetables into sauerkraut, kimchi and other piquant preserves. Tara Duggan gives an extensive overview of this new culture, one that is spawning home-picklers,...

Digest: Turkey time, slow schizophrenia, and rural America tells Obama where it’s at

Get rural, Obama: Rural Americans mostly didn't vote for Obama, but back in October 2007 he pledged to hold a "rural summit" if elected and deliver a package of rural initiatives to Congress in his first 100 days as president. Here's what they might want to see in it — and surprise, it's not about farming....

Videos posted for Slow Food Nation’s Food for Thought series

Good news for all you folks who couldn't make it to Slow Food Nation on Labor Day weekend, or who, like me, did attend but didn't manage to get tickets to all the events you wanted: Slow Food has posted full, high-quality videos of all the Food for Thought lectures on its website. They are hosted via...

Thoughts on Slow Food Nation: Politics vs. taste, competition vs. cooperation

I'm a bad, guilty blogger these days. I spent Friday and Saturday of Slow Food Nation just taking it all in — the stupendous design of the Taste Pavilion, that glittering temple to good food constructed of recycled pallets, vegetable bins, and canning-jar lids; the crowded green bounty of the Victory...

Snapshot from Slow Food Nation: Slow on the Go vendor Fatted Calf

Late Saturday afternoon I ran into Taylor Boetticher, who with Toponia Miller are the meat geniuses behind Fatted Calf and the youngest rock stars of the Bay Area's charcuterie boom. (They still laugh about me calling their duck-liver mousse "sex on toast.") Fatted Calf had by far the longest queue of the...

Slow Food Nation: Let the delicious revolution begin!

Slow Food Nation, the three-day festival that's been hyped as the "Woodstock of the food movement" and the "first continental culinary congress," has begun and is full swing. It encompasses a thriving Victory Garden in front of San Francisco's City Hall (pictured); a Food for Thought lecture series with...

Centralization takes center stage at the Commonwealth Club

As part of the "How We Eat" series at the Commonwealth Club this month, Slow Food Nation Policy and Communications director Naomi Starkman moderated a thoughtful panel discussion last week about the centralization of the food industry with Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change; Paul Frankel, managing...

Sowing the seeds of social change: Slow Food Nation’s Victory Garden

Last Saturday I attended the launch of the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden at the foot of San Francisco's City Hall, on a site what was recently an ornamental lawn. The garden, which takes its name from the World War II campaign to get citizens to grow their own food to support the war effort, is intended...

Alice Waters in conversation with SF Mayor Gavin Newsom

Mayors of major American cities are usually the ones answering questions in interviews. So when the mayor is the one doing the interviewing, the subject must be someone special. That was the case on Monday night, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson sat down with chef, food activist, and Slow Food...

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